Brief guide to searching


The catalogue search enables you to perform ‘any text field’ searches, and also to search specifically on certain fields:


Any text: the most common function to use as this searches all available sections of the catalogue. If this returns too many or irrelevant searches try putting the words in inverted commas such as “railway station”.


Title: this search will only look at words in the title of the collection or item, if unsure of the title it is better to use the ‘any text’ search.


Description: this search will only look at words in the description of the collection or item, if unsure whether the word(s) will appear in the description it is better to use the ‘any text’ search.


Ref No.: all collections have a unique reference number (ref no.) and if known can be entered here.


Date: enter the date of collection or item. The results will return all records whose date range includes your date.


Site: to narrow the search by location please select a site from the drop-down menu, the default is all sites.


Term: terms are keywords that describe a collection or item such as ‘cricket’ or ‘public libraries’. Enter a keyword and then click on the [Terms] link to the right, then select one of the pre-installed terms that is similar to your search.


Further search tips


Refine search criteria

By default, a search will look for the word or words you have entered. However you can choose to change the default search criteria by clicking the ‘refine search criteria’ option. There are three ways to refine the search option:

  • With all the words
  • With at least one of the words
  • Without the words

The catalogue also supports Boolean searching using the following symbols:

  • for AND use +
  • for OR use -
  • for NOT use |
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